Let’s take a moment from focusing on Prince’s songs and turn to his early life for a little bit.
Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Mattie Della (Shaw) and John Lewis Nelson. His parents were both African-American and his family ancestry is centered in Louisiana, with all four of his grandparents hailing from the state.
Prince’s father was a pianist and songwriter and his mother was a jazz singer. Prince was named after his father, whose stage name was Prince Rogers. In a 1991 interview with A Current Affair, Prince’s father said that “I named my son Prince because I wanted him to do everything I wanted to do”. Prince’s childhood nickname was Skipper.
One pattern I’ve noticed in cataloging the 45s is that there are a lot of artists that go by the same name. Well, first name at least. There’s a lot of Phil’s in the collection, Collins being the most well known, so we’re kicking off March’s Phil Fridays with him. Look for more from Mr. Collins along with other famous Phils throughout the month!
Philip David Charles “Phil” Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951), is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. He gained fame as both drummer and lead vocalist for the rock group Genesis, and he gained worldwide fame as a solo artist.
Collins is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time, singing the lead vocals on dozens of hit albums and singles in the United Kingdom and the United States between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. His solo singles, sometimes dealing with lost love and often featuring his distinctive gated reverb drum sound, ranged from the atmospheric “In the Air Tonight”, dance-rock of “Sussudio”, piano-driven power ballad “Against All Odds”, to the political and religious connotations of “Another Day in Paradise”.
Collins is one of only three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totaled, Collins had more top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s than any other artist.
“1999” is a song by Prince, the title track from his 1982 album of the same name. The song is one of Prince’s best-known, and a defining moment in his rise to superstar status.
The apocalyptic yet upbeat party anthem saw chart success in 1983 (particularly in Australia, where it peaked at #2), but it did not make it into the Top 40 in the US or the UK on the first attempt. The song originally peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1982. However, upon being re-promoted after “Little Red Corvette” hit the Top 10, it peaked at #12 in the US in July 1983.
The B-side, the piano ballad “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?”, became a fan favorite. It has been covered by many artists, including single releases by Stephanie Mills in 1983 and Alicia Keys in 2001.
This Poison single opens up to a poster, which I suppose is cool… If you have another case to actually store the album in. I don’t so forever will this remain folded up. Sorry, you won’t catch lipstick kisses on it with the torn corners from taping it to a wall!
I know Mr. Richard will be reviewing this soon so I won’t say much, but check out the green disc. I plan on using this in the colored vinyl post coming up. I keep delaying it to find more but I’m working on it, pinky swear!
Growing up, Romeo and Juliet (the remake with Leo and Claire) was one of my favorite movies. It’s still one of the very few love stories I’ll watch, being more into action films. One of the stand out scenes is the cover of When Doves Cry. If you haven’t seen the film, check it out.
This single wasn’t actually one of my dad’s. The roomie and I stumbled upon it in the stacks while out crate digging and absolutely needed it. Isn’t the purple color amazing? There’s another of the same color coming up soon so keep checking back for more Prince all month long!
How can you just leave me standing? Alone in a world that’s so cold (So cold) Maybe I’m just too demanding Maybe I’m just like my father too bold Maybe you’re just like my mother She’s never satisfied (She’s never satisfied) Why do we scream at each other? This is what it sounds like When doves cry